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5 Fun Facts About March 13 In Alabama History

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1. In 1947, the famous country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, Randy Hughes, was born in Fort Payne, Alabama. He later became part of the famous country music band Alabama, which went to release numerous hit songs throughout their career.

2. On March 13, 1949, the first recorded general election was held in Alabama after the adoption of the 1901 Alabama Constitution. This election saw the winning of Dixon Hall Lewis as the Governor of Alabama, after defeating his opponent Big Jim Folsom.

3. In 2003, the former governor of Alabama, George Wallace, died on March 13. Wallace had been a prominent political figure in the state and had served as Governor for four separate terms, from 1963 to 1987.

4. March 13, 1961, marked a significant day in the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, as dozens of African-American students from Tuskegee Institute marched on the state capitol in Montgomery in protest against segregation. Known as the "Tuskegee Civic Association's 'March Against Fear'," this event attracted national attention to the struggles of African-American citizens in the South.

5. One of the most devastating tornadoes in Alabama's history hit on March 13, 1997. The storm caused widespread destruction, and 14 people lost their lives. The tornado touched down in the Birmingham area and traveled a path of over 30 miles, causing an estimated $45 million in damages.
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